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StarWars-Club's Aliens of Star Wars Winners!

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 22, 2014, 8:23 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Need Prizes for Your Contest?


I am more than willing to offer a journal feature. If you are currently running a contest or have one about to start and would like for me to provide journal features as prizes, please send me a note or comment and I will reply to you as soon as I can.

This offer does not extend to already completed contests. :)

Congrats to the winners of the following contest!



StarWars-Club's Aliens of Star Wars Contest Winners!


:bulletgreen: HOSTED BY: :iconstarwars-club:
:bulletgreen: OFFICIAL CONTEST WINNER JOURNAL: [link]


:star: FIRST PLACE :star:

Rancor and His Keeper: Cut-Out by WonderDookie by WonderDookie

Be sure to check out more of their gallery here:
Pazuzu and Farnsworth by WonderDookie Donny, Shut the F--- up by WonderDookie Leatherhead by WonderDookie Dinosaurs by WonderDookie The Headless Horseman by WonderDookie


:star: SECOND PLACE :star:

Yoda in Dagobah by Lord-Makro by Lord-Makro

Be sure to check out more of their gallery here:
Darth Vader - I am your father by Lord-Makro Lake at the mountains by Lord-Makro It's snowing... by Lord-Makro Red winter house by Lord-Makro Fierce tiger by Lord-Makro


:star: THIRD PLACE :star:

Portrait of Greedo by TheyCallMeCam by TheyCallMeCam

Be sure to check out more of their gallery here:
Cad Bane by TheyCallMeCam Rebel with Tauntaun by TheyCallMeCam Jeff Goldblum of the Internet! by TheyCallMeCam Chewbacca Shmewbacca by TheyCallMeCam Boba Fett montage: A Work in Progress by TheyCallMeCam


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Forests Feature!

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 22, 2014, 7:55 AM
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Forests Feature!


Hello and Welcome to another Venus Feature! This one is Forest themed! I hope you enjoy the beautiful images below and that you'll find a forest to wander through this week. :D It can be incredibly relaxing.

:star: NEXT FEATURE WILL BE: Spring Time!! Basically I want to see images you have that show off features of Spring Time! I'm looking for flowers, babies, all things new and refreshing! Even a refreshing spring rain~ Yes, you can have characters in your images. :aww: If you have art featuring SPRING TIME or know of some art by another person that you think I should feature, please comment to THIS FORUM THREAD LINK.

Enjoy the Forest feature! And please be sure to favorite this journal to help yourself and others in this journal be seen. :aww:


The Art!


Autumn forest V by valiunic
A Queen by morganadulac fog and mist by oostlan Pine Forest by Shijiazhuang -Little red bird and white giants- by Janek-Sedlar
Lotus Lanterns by skybrush
Pg3 Of Gathering in the Forest (2007) by LaNora-84 WoW fanart: draenei by yoco-chan Fog on the path. by Costumy Traveling Tree Creatures (color) by jurggonnaloveit
Crossing the River by KevKeaf
The forbidden forest by Tamarie The Magic Forest by ellysdoghouse Alleighra by charcoalfeather In the Land of Golden Creatures by jurggonnaloveit
Beasts:Lethal Glance by RenePolumorfous
Mushroom Tree by pixie-on-mushroom Firebird by charcoalfeather Mist Fall by DPasschier 009 Forest by 3Eira




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Hey Guys!

As you know, I post one of these every now and then requesting you to tell me what you think I need to improve on. I'm looking for critique on my overall ability and not individual pictures. Once I complete a piece I don't go back and edit it unless I get in the mood to do a complete redo. ^^; SO PLEASE ANSWER ALL OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! :D

:bulletred: What do you like most about my artwork? What do you think I should keep doing?
:bulletred: What do you think I should work on the most to make my artwork better? Please provide any tips and tutorials you have or know of. :) I'm looking for thoughts on my drawing style AND my coloring. :)
:bulletred: And just out of curiosity, what is your favorite piece of mine and why?
:bulletred: Lastly, anything in particular you would like to see from me? I'm hoping to have my To Do List cleared about by the end of May. :)

Here are the pieces I've done over the past 12 months:

Gift - Cheryl Lao by TouchedVenus Gift - Jayne Cobb by TouchedVenus Commission - Harvest Goddess by TouchedVenus GR: Odessa Christmas 2013 by TouchedVenus White Christmas by TouchedVenus GR: Wait For Me by TouchedVenus Xenogears: Id by TouchedVenus Modern Athena by TouchedVenus Once Upon A Time - Belle and Rumplestiltskin by TouchedVenus GR: Prize - Mr Gajus the Bishie Killer by TouchedVenus GR: Cassidy Mini-Chibi by TouchedVenus Commission - Ivy by TouchedVenus Gift - Whovian Hobbit Mini Chibi by TouchedVenus Commission - Dexter by TouchedVenus GR: Sapphirine Mini-Chibi by TouchedVenus GR: Sapphirine Bust by TouchedVenus Gift - Shaya Bust by TouchedVenus Commission - Eglantine by TouchedVenus Prize - Chibi Korra by TouchedVenus Prize - Chibi Sita by TouchedVenus Commission - AwsumZ Chibis by TouchedVenus Commission - mirz-alt Chibis by TouchedVenus Commission - Neko-daewen Chibis by TouchedVenus Commission - Anorak by TouchedVenus

:star: To See The Kind Of Art I Love And Idolize, Please Check Out My Faves: [LINK]

Thanks for your help! :D

--Venus

Belated St Patrick's Day Feature!

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 18, 2014, 5:03 PM
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Chocolate Mint Feature!


Hello and Welcome to another Venus Feature! This one is St Patrick's Day themed! Enjoy the green below, and I hope no one got pinched yesterday~ :laughing:

:star: NEXT FEATURE WILL BE: Forests!! Basically I want to see images you have that contain forests! Yes, you can have characters in the forest. :aww: If you have art featuring a FOREST or know of some art by another person that you think I should feature, please comment to THIS FORUM THREAD LINK.

Enjoy the St Patrick's Day feature! And please be sure to favorite this journal to help yourself and others in this journal be seen. :aww:


The Art!


St. Patrick's 2013 by runawaywithyou
Lucky Breeze by HaruShadows A Clover For Your Heart by FeebyNeko It's all about the beer... by Syreene St. Patty by noxxut
St. Patrick's Day by 1Vladislav
Patty Thirteen by noxxut Roundwood by runawaywithyou Ireland, my Ireland by runawaywithyou Ireland by MuzzyRaptor
Green by meago
Flag of Ireland by TRE2Photo-n-Design St.Patrick's Day Wallpaper by ShinaKhan Erin Go Bragh by Llamaface Lucky Demon by HaruShadows
..Clover.. by gomit
Irish Fae by HaruShadows Luck Of Dreams by HaruShadows Celtic Forest by runawaywithyou Clover Fairy by Candra




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Chocolate Mint Feature!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 5, 2014, 8:43 AM
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Chocolate Mint Feature!


Hello and Welcome to another Venus Feature! This one is Chocolate Mint themed! Enjoy the deliciousness below~ :heart:

:star: NEXT FEATURE WILL BE: St Patrick's Day!! Basically I want to see images you have that contain clovers, green, rainbows, gold, leprechauns, beer, you know the drill! LOL If you have art featuring ST PATRICK'S DAY or know of some art by another person that you think I should feature, please comment to THIS FORUM THREAD LINK.

Enjoy the Chocolate Mint feature! And please be sure to favorite this journal to help yourself and others in this journal be seen. :aww:


The Art!


Chocolate Extra Mint by anikakinka
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream by DAV-19 Auction| Chocolate Mint Bunny Girl CLOSED by ChibiAdopt Cocoa Mint by amymethvenart Minty by FluffballChikorita
Chocolate and Mint by Pyromaniac
Chocolate Mint Pie by MaSucree Chess Chocolate by Shourei :thumb434153542: Little Mint Puppy by CaptainCurryCat
Chocolate Mint by NoFlutter
Mint hot chocolate by Paulina-AP Mint-Chocolate Chibi by LadyCircana ACEO 309 Choco-Mint by Beast91 Sundae Sister by AK-Manga
Fresh Mint and Chocolate Cake by claremanson
Hand Made Pearl Mint Chocolate Dangle Earrings by izka-197 .:Mint Chocolate:. by copperjellyroll Adopt bonus by Tana-Re mint and chocolate ice cream by meago




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GR Contest 17: Cassidy [WINNERS]

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 4, 2014, 3:48 PM
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A Little Introduction and Info


Holy cow guys, it was so hard picking winners! There were quite a few good entries. After sitting down and reviewing each entries based on how well Cassidy was represented and his personality captured, and then on skill level and appeal we have decided on the below as the winners!

Congrats!!!

I'll be notifying the prize donators. Winners, if you don't hear from the prize givers within a week, please let me know. :heart:

Prize Givers, if you can't give the prize you offered, please let me and the winner know so that I can find a replacement for you. :) No shame if you can't provide. Things happen. I simply thank you for offering. :)

And without further ado, please everyone give love to the winners!



GR Contest 17: Cassidy [WINNERS]


:bulletgreen: HOSTED BY: :icontouchedvenus:
:bulletgreen: OFFICIAL CONTEST WINNER JOURNAL: [link]


:star: FIRST PLACE :star:

Cassidy by JadedSihx by :iconjadedsihx:

Be sure to check out more of her gallery here:
HatakeYuko by JadedSihx Karkat Vantas by JadedSihx Carter and Rhiven by JadedSihx Hazel Iera by JadedSihx CE: Cleo and Alexander by JadedSihx


:star: SECOND PLACE :star:

Cassidy by OnlyOneMassage by :icononlyonemassage:

Be sure to check out more of their gallery here:
Request: Merieth by OnlyOneMassage Request: Sunrise1-1 by OnlyOneMassage [Req] CuteSight by OnlyOneMassage [Req] QueenLilian by OnlyOneMassage Dragon Slayer by OnlyOneMassage


:star: HONORABLE MENTIONS :star:

[Contest] Wanna play with me? by SabrinaMelisa The Raven by Lienwyn Too Late For a Game? by TheLadyWellflower Cassidy by ellofunt Cassidy: 5 of a Kind by Smudgeandfrank


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Moving in April / May + Update on Niece's Surgery

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 27, 2014, 11:25 PM
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Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

It's been a bit since I did a proper update, so while I am wide awake from drinking too much coffee I thought I'd give you one! :D

Firstly, my husband is absolutely loving his new job. He actually gave me a tour of the building today. It's super awesome! I love how artsy all the architecture is.

Secondly, the apartment I mention in my last update we decided to not go with. Upon visiting the location we found the area to not be somewhere we felt safe. BUT we found a better location soon afterwards. It's about 30 minutes from my parents, and closer to my and my sister-in-law's colleges. As an added bonus - the location is by a gorgeous lake. We scouted the various living options in the area, and we've found where we're moving to this April / May. It's a cozy apartment that is three bedrooms with two and a half bathrooms. Two bedrooms look exactly the same with walk-in closets. The third is a little smaller and will be turned into a guest bedroom. The living room is nicely sized, and the kitchen has lots of cabinet space. There are lots of storage locations, too. The screened in porch is super nice as well, and the specific apartment we're looking at has a lake side view from the porch.

:bulletred: This is the Club House / Office for the location where we are moving:


:bulletred: The Bridge over the Lake:


:bulletred: The Boat House and Information Center for the Park / Lake:


:bulletred: Some Shots of the Apartments and Location:


We are super excited about moving here. You can kayak on the lake. The complex we're moving to also has a gym, a tennis court, a basketball court, an Olympic styled pool, grilling area, and a hot tub! We'll be filling out applications and what not tomorrow to start the process. :heart:

In other news, I know many of you are curious about the status of my niece who had surgery on her wrists on the 20th. She made it through surgery, but recovery hasn't been going well. Her blood pressure was at 190 during the procedure, and they haven't been able to get it under control properly. It seems something may be wrong with her pituitary gland. She's been pretty stressed out and her healing has been slow. She's also in a lot of pain. I know she'll get through this because she's a strong girl, but please do continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Thanks and Stay Classy~!
Venus




Recent Favorites


Frozen ~ Elsa by serafleur November by SeenaRomy Kitten heart by GrayPaint The cold never bothered me anyway by j-witless Commission - xElegance by Moorina elsa - Just chillin' by Indiron Sweet Dreams by MachinegunAngel In the Spotlight by Theanimalparade Chocolate and Mint by Pyromaniac Snow Miku 2013 by Tsiih-chan [Gift] - Chibi Miri by Neko-Slay Light breeze by JaezX Lightning Returns: FF XIII Contest by PrincessElemmiriel expressed gaming love - PS2 controller nail art by PandA-in-Wonderland PC for happy-tan by Neko-Rina Thunder and Frost by briannacherrygarcia See My True Colors by Ryltha


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:heart: If you can't spare any funds to help these people, please spread the word to help. :heart:

:star: Also if you or someone you know is in need please don't hesitate to let me know so that I can add you or them to this journal. :star:

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:iconnyiana-sama: - She has run into financial issues, and needs help getting out it, so she is selling LOTS of her devWEAR and devGEAR. This is a great opportunity for you to get devWEAR and devGEAR if you've been wanting it, and at the same time you're helping someone in need. Check out her journal HERE for more details.

:iconfourteenthstar: - She is part of a local community brass band that has won the Regional Championship and has been invited down to Cheltenham, in England, to play at the Nationals in September. Attending the Nationals is going to cost in excess of £9000, and therefore it's a mammoth fundraising task for them. She has set up a fundraising page for the band for anyone who wants to support them reaching such a prestigious event. If you want to be part of such a unique event in the history of banding in the UK, please show support. Every little bit helps! The fundraiser is located here: www.gofundme.com/tullisrussell…

:iconabnorm-ali-ty: - She is currently in the middle of trying to get herself a service dog! The cost of the dog is between $3000 and $5000, and she needs one more and more each day to help with her multiple disabilities. She needs help in raising the money for the dog, and if you can donate any amount that gets her closer to getting the dog she needs. Please see her journal HERE for more details, and if you can't donate, please help out by spreading the word for her.

:icondedizenoflight: - To quote wickedz - "dedizenoflight a.k.a our beloved Anna and Sailor Nisaba, was recently diagnosed with bone cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma). She is 18 years old, way too young, very talented artist, free spirited, funny, outgoing... everything you name it. There is a facebook page created to support her. Even if you don't know her, it would be greatly appreciated if you could stop by her support page to say a few words of encouragement. And if you're feeling generous, any donation at all to help the family with medical expenses would greatly be appreciated." You can visit the fundraiser here: [link] and You can read the most recent update on her situation HERE.

:icondevpinoys: - As many know, the Philippines were heavily damaged when Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan came through in November. On top of the extensive damage there were thousands killed. Food, shelter, and loved ones have been lost in this tragedy. If you would like to help in any way that you can, please see THIS JOURNAL for details. Every cent and every word spread counts.


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:heart: If you can't spare any funds to help these people, please spread the word to help. :heart:


CHARITIES

:iconethereal-artbook: is closed for pre-orders, but currently open for normal orders of their charity artbook! All profits raised will go directly to the RedKite, a foundation that works closely with children living with cancer, helping families financially in these tough times. More information on ordering your copy can be found HERE

Heart Feature!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 18, 2014, 6:16 AM
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Heart Feature!


Hello and Welcome to another Venus Feature! This one is Heart themed in honor of Valentine's Day which was Friday. Thank you to everyone who participated! There is a lot of gorgeous art this go around.

:star: NEXT FEATURE WILL BE: Chocolate Mint!! Basically I want to see images you have that have a Chocolate and Mint COLOR scheme. You don't actually have to have chocolate and mints in your image, but bonus points if you do! LOL If you have art featuring CHOCOLATE & MINT COLORS or know of some art by another person that you think I should feature, please comment to THIS FORUM THREAD LINK.

Enjoy the Heart feature! And please be sure to favorite this journal to help yourself and others in this journal be seen. :aww:


The Art!


Sweet Dreams by MachinegunAngel
Happy Cheesecake Day by MachinegunAngel Valentine Ball by Jonathanjo :: This Valentine's Day, Your Heart Is Mine :: by Sangrde
In the Spotlight by Theanimalparade
Delicious Cake by MachinegunAngel .:  Milada Heartify  // Witch Doctor by Innocentfate Jingle Jingle Joker-Chan by MachinegunAngel :: Valentine Girl :: by Sangrde
Teen Trio by jiko29
Sisters In Arms by Terrafan4242 Valentine- You're Precious! by Lilith-the-5th Melt my heart by Junk-Heart Winter love by Junk-Heart
valentine cat by starplexus
Phoenix Heart by FinalVirucide Crazy Love by MachinegunAngel Just Focus by Theanimalparade shurtugalgeek's fractal by FinalVirucide




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Lots of Awesome Stuff - Soooo Happy!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 17, 2014, 4:44 PM
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Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

I first off want to thank all of you for the thoughts and prayers you sent up for my  husband and I. I had stated that there was something going on that I couldn't talk about, but now I can! My husband now has a new job!!! He has been hired as a Business Analyst / Community Manager for Red Hat - the largest corporate contributor to Linux! I am so incredibly happy for him you just don't even know. I also have to admit I'm quite pleased at the income increase we're getting from this as well. I feel a lot less stressed about money now. :D

Things have really been falling into place, and I just couldn't be happier right now. We're moving to a new place in about three months. We actually think we've already found the perfect place to move to. It's basically a small town house with three bedrooms and three full bathrooms. So basically downstairs is a guest bedroom, guest bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, and an outdoor patio. Upstairs is two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. There is also a private balcony/patio coming off the master bedroom, and the bedrooms upstairs have walk-in closets. The place is about $100 more a month than where we are staying right now, but it is only about a mile away from where my husband will be working. It also decreases my drive to classes by a good 15 minutes and put his little sister (she lives with us) about a hop skip and a jump from her university. There are also a lot of stores, restaurants, cafes, museums, parks, etc nearby. At the same time I am also about 35 minutes from my parents instead of 45 minutes, so slightly closer.

Sadly we couldn't get a tour today like we wanted to because they didn't have any rooms available to show. We're still looking around just in case this place doesn't open up, but it really does seem quite ideal. I do love apartment / house hunting. :)

Also, Friday was my husband and I's 5 Year Wedding Anniversary! He bought me Within Temptation's new album "Hydra" which I love so far. I've been a fan of theirs for many years, and I simply love everything they do. Sharon is amazing! I'm thrilled there is a new album, and I have my hands on it. :D My husband also took me out to eat at a nice Italian restaurant where we shared an appetizer, entree, and dessert along with wonderful drinks. I had a sangria and a martini. He had beer. :laughing: After dinner we went to one of my favorite shopping centers and walked around for a bit before he took me to the theater and we watched the new "Lego Movie." It was surprisingly cute. At first I was like lame but about 1/3 of the way in I started enjoying it. The ending made the entire movie super precious. I recommend it if you haven't seen it yet. My husband and I ended the night by going to another restaurant where a friend of ours is the dessert chef. We shared a dessert and just sat and talked and laughed. It was a wonderful night, and I completely passed out when we got home.

That is pretty much what has been going on with me, though. How about you? Feel free to share how your weekend was with me. :D Other than that...

Stay Classy~!
Venus




Recent Favorites


MLP: Humanized Rainbow Dash Pixelart by izka-197 MLP: Humanized Applejack Pixelart by izka-197 MLP: Humanized Fluttershy Pixelart by izka-197 Art is my Drug by Qinni Promenade by AnnaShell Prize : Sweet Paradise by AquaZircon Annie Leonhart by Fifiski Ocean Breeze by Jowa Weather-chan by Jowa The Little Sister by mandiemanzano The Snow Queen by mandiemanzano Hang Low The Mistletoe by chelleface90 Elsa by Professor-R Pepper Empress by Artgerm Frozen Queen by Artgerm Lunar Revel Diana by michalivan :: Valentine Girl :: by Sangrde I Know... by DiHA-Artwork Dance with Snow White by Ze-RoFruits Can we Play? by Damaged927


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It's Snowing! + Pictures

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 12, 2014, 2:40 PM
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Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

It is snowing here, which in the southern part of the US is not a common occurrence, so yes we get excited by it. We've gotten more snow this year than we have in a long time. So enjoy some pictures I took of it today. :D

Some pictures of how things are looking so far in the location where I live:

NC Snow 2014 - Photo1 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Photo2 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Photo3 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Photo4 by TouchedVenus

My pomeranian, Kyuubi:

NC Snow 2014 - Kyuubi1 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Kyuubi2 by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - Kyuubi3 by TouchedVenus

My husband, and my feet, LOL:

NC Snow 2014 - My Husband by TouchedVenus NC Snow 2014 - My Feet by TouchedVenus

Update on my neice's sugery: Because of the weather, her surgery has been delayed until February 20th. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

Also, if you're affected by the snow storm as well, please be safe, warm, and enjoy it. :heart:

Stay Classy~!
Venus




Recent Favorites


Cmm: Singing by Secret-Korea omg hi by chocobeann Space Pepper by DmitryGrebenkov Elsa by luleiya Temptress by chazillah Music Warrior by Sunradio Commission : Vaniraa by reammara Comm: Ambre by Kagura-Kurosaki Com: Haruko by KokoTensho Adoptable Auction ~ Strawberry Kitty [CLOSED] by Riniuu Milf-icent by DanHowardArt Ruthiell by Fenrixion in the rain by ruichou Sha-nu by Marmaladecookie Pomeranians by DAV-19 Jack x Elsa by empew Sweetness 8 by FrancescaDelfino City of Love by FrancescaDelfino Identity by artspell


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Photoshop Update Again + Thoughts and Prayers

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 12:53 PM
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Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

I'm continuing to try to keep everyone updated on the current status of my art programs, so here is the newest update.

I have a fix for the Photoshop problem, but the tech support fellow we spoke to has to email us the step by step instructions. We thought everything was working yesterday, but the program messed up again because my husband thinks he may not have quite fixed it correctly. He is going to review the email and work on it probably later tonight since he has a Warmachine game tonight, and I need to take him to buy him some new clothes. It looks like the problem is coming to an end, though, and should be resolved soon.

On to the health update: I'm doing better in regards to the pulled muscles in my neck. I still ache a little but nothing like I was. I can move around and do things, and that's what is important. Still having headaches from the crazy weather, but I'm fine there as well as long as I keep taking my vitamins and what not. We're supposed to be getting more snow either this evening or tomorrow. They are calling for about another 3 to 5 inches. The weather man keeps changing his mind, so I'm just waiting to see what happens. In either case, these fluctuating temperatures are to blame for my constant feelings of sickness lately.

Speaking of sickness, my sister's daughter is going in for surgery on Friday, and I'd like for everyone to keep her in their thoughts and prayers. She had pre-op yesterday morning, and then the actual surgery will be on Thursday. The procedure is to remove a cyst from a main artery in her wrist that has been causing her motor issues with her hands. Due to the cyst being on an important artery they have to be extra careful. They might have to shave the artery a little, but worse case scenario she has another artery that will still allow her hand to function. They are also cutting one of her ligaments for the carpal tunnel. She's really nervous, and we just want this to go as smoothly as possible. Depending on the weather and finances I may try to go down there to be with her and visit family. We'll see what happens, though.

There is one other thing going on right now that I can't openly talk about, but it's a really really good thing that is so far going really well. I just ask that you keep my husband in your thoughts and prayers as well. :heart:

Lastly, If you haven't seen it yet, I did post the sketch of the Year of the Horse piece I've been working on. I'm done with the sketch for now, and will probably sketch up something that will be late for Valentine's Day. You can see the New Year sketch here:

Sketch WiP - Year of the Wood Horse 2014 by TouchedVenus

And that's about all that's new in my life right now. I hope that you are all well, and having a lovely day. :)

Stay Classy~!
Venus




Recent Favorites


Commission for Roko-san by inma Suzaku and Euphemia by laverinne Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons by MSonia Lullaby under the Moon by Eternal-S Akin by SaraCuervo Reaper by AdrianDadich .: CBC 1 - Lythalia :. by nilmea Teen Velma Dinkley by Darkness1999th Snowbound Limited Edition Poster Final by hythrain :: Howlsa: Let's Go Build a Snowman Together! :: by Sangrde Frozen:  Queen Elsa by OXMiruku Rebirth by Hannah-Alexander Freedom by Hannah-Alexander Power by Hannah-Alexander Determination by Hannah-Alexander AT: Hetiru by eruqi Sailor Moon: RD Meme by asieybarbie Dawn by Yaekaze Gold fish by Ellsat . doll . by luleiya


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Frozen Feature!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 8:47 AM
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Frpzen Feature!


Hello and Welcome to another Venus Feature! This one is Disney's Frozen themed. Thank you to everyone who participated! There is a lot of gorgeous art this go around.

:star: NEXT FEATURE WILL BE: Hearts! In honor of Valentine's Day. Show the love! If you have art featuring HEARTS or know of some art by another person that you think I should feature, please comment below. :D I'll also be posting Forum Thread for this soon.

Enjoy the Disney's Frozen feature! And please be sure to favorite this journal to help yourself and others in this journal be seen. :aww:


The Art!


The Little Sister by mandiemanzano
The Snow Queen by mandiemanzano Anna by Professor-R Sitting Room Only by chelleface90 Prize: All Hail the Queen by ExplosiveCoffee
Hang Low The Mistletoe by chelleface90
Snow Queen Elsa by Yenni-Vu Frozen Beach by chelleface90 Sisters by chelleface90 Anna and Kristoff by chelleface90
:: Elsa the Snow Queen Wallpaper :: by Sangrde
:: Different but Same :: by Sangrde Let It Go by chelleface90 Do you wanna build a snowman ? by Nomingzombie Frozen: Fire and Ice by The-Kat-Warrior
Elsa by Professor-R
:: Elsa: Frozen Tears :: by Sangrde Let It Go by syolel-o3 The cold never bothered me anyway by Nomingzombie Snow Princess by Ninfheus




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Commissions List

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 8:23 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Commission Advertising - How To Get Featured


Would you like your commissions advertised by me? I'd love to help! I will advertise for you for a week! Keep reading for more details:

So what do you need to do?

:bulletred: Please send me a note with a link to your commission information, your price range, types of payment you accept, and three example pictures. (see form to fill out)
:bulletred: Once your note has been received I'll add you to the journal for ONE WEEK (to prevent overflow and to make sure all info is up to date).

Here is the form:
:bulletgreen: Username: (your username here)
:bulletgreen: Commission Info: (provide the link)
:bulletgreen: Price Range: (please state lowest to highest price you charge)
:bulletgreen: Payment: (please list the payment types that you accept)
:bulletgreen: Examples: (please provide THREE deviation examples of your commissions offered)

That pretty much covers it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. To see how commissions will be advertised, please see the ones I'm currently advertising below to use as your example. :)

Have a great day and I look forward to advertising for you!



FEATURED COMMISSIONS


:iconphoenixrisingfromash: - PhoenixRisingFromAsh
:bulletred: COMMISSION INFO: [link]
:bulletred: PRICE RANGE: 15-50 :points:/ $2-10 US dollars
:bulletred: PAYMENT TYPE: US Dollars or :points:
:bulletred: EXAMPLES:
Summer Wildflowers by PhoenixRisingFromAsh Kill La Kill- Ryuko Matoi by PhoenixRisingFromAsh Commission- Vampai: Minions from Despicable Me by PhoenixRisingFromAsh
[advertisement ends May 23rd, 2014]

:iconepicshadowdragon: - epicShadowdragon
:bulletred: COMMISSION INFO: [link]
:bulletred: PRICE RANGE:  5 USD - 30 USD, :points: also accepted / 1 USD = 100 :points:
:bulletred: PAYMENT TYPE: PayPal, :points:
:bulletred: EXAMPLES:
Pikachu by epicShadowdragon Miu by epicShadowdragon Abby by epicShadowdragon
[advertisement ends Aug 11th, 2014]


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Groups List

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 8:22 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Groups Advertising - How To Get Featured


Would you like your group advertised by me? I'd love to help! I will advertise for you for a month! Keep reading for more details:

So what do you need to do?

:bulletred: Please send me a note with a link to your group's page, two to three sentences about the group and its purpose, link to group rules, info on quality and quantity control, confirm if art is auto accepted, and five examples of art accepted by the group. (see form to fill out)
:bulletred: Once your note has been received I'll add you to the journal for ONE MONTH (to prevent overflow and to make sure all info is up to date).

Here is the form:
:bulletgreen: Group Name: (your group's name here)
:bulletgreen: Group Link: (provide the link to your group)
:bulletgreen: Group Info: (please write two to three sentences about the group and its purpose)
:bulletgreen: Group Rules: (please provide a link to your group's rules)
:bulletgreen: Quality Control: (quick quality rules - allow sketches? allow unfinished works? only allow certain skill level?)
:bulletgreen: Quantity Control: (what is the deviation post limit for the group?)
:bulletgreen: Art Auto-Accepted?: (is the art auto accepted or does it have to be reviewed first?)
:bulletgreen: Examples: (please provide FIVE deviation examples of the art accepted in this group)

That pretty much covers it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. To see how groups will be advertised, please see the ones I'm currently advertising below to use as your example. :)

Have a great day and I look forward to advertising for you!



FEATURED GROUPS


:icondragonsandelves: - DragonsandElves [permanent advertisement]
INFORMATION: A group for lovers of dragons, elves, dragon anthro, the elf-like, dragon-elf hybrids, and dragon morphers!  Monthly features are updated on a regular basis along with contest and commission advertisements.
GROUP RULES: [link]
QUALITY CONTROL: Only Finished Works; All Skill Levels Accepted
QUANTITY CONTROL: Limit of 5 Deviations a Day
ART AUTO-ACCEPTED?: No, all art must first be reviewed before acceptance
SOAH - Totem Spirit by PetiteLilen Look into my eyes by Azzedar-san Monster by Lienwyn Your Angel by karla-chan The Butterfly House by LillyKitten


:iconcarolinaanimeartists: - CarolinaAnimeArtists [permanent advertisement]
INFORMATION:A group for anime/manga, anthro, and cartoon/comic styled artists from the states of North Carolina and South Carolina! Monthly features and convention information updated on a regular basis along with contest and commission advertisements.
GROUP RULES: [link]
QUALITY CONTROL: Only Finished Works; All Skill Levels Accepted
QUANTITY CONTROL: Limit of 5 Deviations a Day
ART AUTO-ACCEPTED?: No, all art must first be reviewed before acceptance
AT: Color by Gokai-Chibi Out Of The Shadows by Jremy-Alexandria Chibi Anna by Paprika-Studios Character Revamp by celestrialdarkmoon Chibi Jasmine by Paprika-Studios

:iconfictionforge: - FictionForge [advertisement expires May 15th, 2014]
INFORMATION: We provide the elements, you provide the masterpiece. Fiction Forge challenges artists and writers to create stories from a random set of literary elements and either write or illustrate them. We also encourage them to share their own story projects for others to behold.
GROUP RULES: [link] [link] [link]
QUALITY CONTROL: Only Finished Works; All Skill Levels Accepted
QUANTITY CONTROL: Three (3) deviations a day for personal pieces, one (1) deviation per challenge or contest
ART AUTO-ACCEPTED?: No, all works are reviewed for quality and compliance to the group rules.
Pandora's Contract by Tevarro Resist Temptation by Kuiji Cries in the Night by irriKUN The Dragon's Doll by Tevarro The Sacrifice by Kuiji


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Contest List

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 8:21 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Contest List - How Does This Work?


Would you like your contests advertised by me? I'd love to help! All you have to do is comment below or send me a note, and I will advertise for you! Keep reading for more details:

So what do you need to do?

:bulletred: Please send me a NOTE (or comment below) with the below form filled out for your contest. (form is below)
:bulletred: Once your note has been received and all information confirmed, I'll add you to the journal.

Here is the form:
:bulletgreen: Username: (your username here)
:bulletgreen: Name of Contest: (provide name of contest and link to more info)
:bulletgreen: Contest Theme: (please state the theme for the contest)
:bulletgreen: Prizes: (please list the main prizes - not detailed just a general idea)
:bulletgreen: Deadline: (please provide the deadline for your contest)

That pretty much covers it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I'll answer you as quickly as I can. To see how contests will be advertised, please see the ones I'm currently advertising below to use as your example. :)

Have a great day and I look forward to advertising for you!


APRIL 2014 CONTESTS


:icontmntcontests:
April Theme Challenge:Canon Friends: [link]
Contest Theme: Fanart or Fanfiction depicting canon friends from any universe of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Prizes: :points:, Feature, and Official Stamp
Deadline: April 30th, 2014



MAY 2014 CONTESTS


:iconnikhero:
Cash Prize Contest!: [link]
Contest Theme: Draw the 2 main characters (Vhaidra and Hypo) in any scene inspired from the short story posted at vhaidraandhypo.blogspot.com/
Prizes: $100,00USD
Deadline: May 01st, 2014

:iconocartists:
OCArtists: Spring Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Springtime: Draw your own original character and incorporate the spring season.
Prizes: :points: DA points, Features, Interview, artwork
Deadline: May 01st, 2014

:iconcatapultedcarcass:
Masters of Misconduct Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Depict a true master of one of three categories; Thievery, Assassination or Piracy
Prizes: deviantART Premium Membership
Deadline: May 01st, 2014

:iconnaruleiin:
Naru's Little Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Draw Naii and Sanae meeting for the first time. Include one of the following: a dreamcatcher, dragonfruit, seetrough umbrella, or tuna
Prizes: Art, :points:, Feature
Deadline: May 05th, 2014

:iconworldwar-tori:
Cupcakes and Cookies Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Cupcakes & Cookies - still life photography / culinary arts
Prizes: subscription, :points:, badges [cake & llama], art, commissions, critiques, features
Deadline: May 15th, 2014

:icondeusaetheros:
The Second Character Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Draw the character(s) belonging to DeusAetheros
Prizes: :points:, Art
Deadline: May 26th, 2014



JUNE 2014 CONTESTS


none at the moment



JULY 2014 CONTESTS


none at the moment



AUGUST 2014 CONTESTS


:iconminakomori:
Design My Oc's Armor Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Armor Designs for Chieftess Archer
Prizes: DA Premium Membership / :points: (To Be Updated Upon Prize Donations)
Deadline: August 01st, 2014



SEPTEMBER 2014 CONTESTS


none at the moment



OCTOBER 2014 CONTESTS


:iconcryinganarchy:
Halloween 2014 Contest: [link]
Contest Theme: Using Halloween theme, draw or write about the OCs belonging to cryingAnarchy
Prizes: :points: / USD, dA Premium Membership, Art (See [link] for more! Prize donors can also join the contest!)
Deadline: October 27th, 2014


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Update on the Adobe and SAI Problems

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 9, 2014, 11:47 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

I'm continuing to try to keep everyone updated on the current status of my art programs, so here is the newest update.

The issue I'm having with SAI is in regards to the file type. The problem is a common occurrence in SAI, and there is a work around for my issue, but it requires me to have Photoshop working because my files are .PSD and not .SAI. I can't change it to a .SAI without starting over from scratch, and I'm not starting over from scratch on my commissions.

In the mean time, I can still save by doing a screen capture, it just messes up the quality a little. My plan is to finish as much as I can in SAI (all I have left on both commissions for Whovian Hobbit and WildCharmander is to complete the coloring) and then do a screenshot. I won't be able to provided a proper finished product until Photoshop is fixed.

On to Photoshop, I can't get the program fixed until Monday. Adobe is aware of the problem we are having and apparently it is a known issue that they are currently working on creating a resolution for. The department that we have to talk to, though, apparently doesn't work on the weekends despite Adobe saying they provide 24/7 assistance. Apparently that is only for the CSR department, and we are working with the Tech department. In any case we'll find out what happens tomorrow, and I'll update you once more.

As I've said before:

I'm not currently looking to add any new programs to my computer at this time, though. I'm comfortable with the set up I have, and I don't really have the time to sit down and adjust to a new program no matter how similar it is to what I have. I know this issue will be resolved sooner than later. I'll consider other options when I know for certain the ones I have are unable to be repaired.

Art program issues aside, I'm still not feeling 100%. I managed to pull muscles in my upper back between my neck and shoulders. I think I did it in my sleep. My husband has been massaging out the knots, and I have a heated pad on it plus taking pain pills. I can't afford to get muscle relaxers, and I'm out of the ones I had, so I'm just working with what I have. I feel much better than I did yesterday, but there is still lingering pain. I should be fine by tomorrow, though.

I'm also still dealing with the sickness from before, too, but it's more a lingering nuisance than being debilitating.

On a happier note, I've been working on my belated New Year piece in my sketchbook. I'm extremely happy with how the sketch is turning out, and I look forward to when my program issues are resolved so that I can scan it in and complete it. I'd do this after my commissions, of course. I've been working on it slowly off and on when I've been travelling around with my husband and was away from a computer. I might try to take a photo of it when the sketch is complete so you can see it.

And that's about all that's new in my life right now. I hope that you are all well, and having a lovely day. :)

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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I Swear It's Always Something

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 7, 2014, 11:10 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

More sad news in regards to my art. SAI has been acting up, and won't let me save. It's always screaming about errors. I didn't look into it last night because I was tired and couldn't be bothered, but I'll be looking into that today. My tablet is also fritzing a little. There is a delay between what I do and when it appears on the screen. This is very annoying. I've had the tablet for about four or five years, though. Maybe it's just time for another one. My work around for now is doing what I can in SAI, saving the PSD since it is still letting me do that, and then doing a screen capture and cropping the image in MS Paint. I swear if it isn't one thing it's something else all the time. It'll all be okay, though. I just want to finish coloring these commissions. Is that so much to ask?

I'm not looking to add any new programs to my computer at this time, though. I'm comfortable with the set up I have, and I don't really have the time to sit down and adjust to a new program no matter how similar it is to what I have. I know this issue will be resolved sooner than later. I'll consider other options when I know for certain the ones I have are unable to be repaired.

We're also certain it's not the computer itself causing the problems. Everything else works fine, and my husband who works on and with computers for a living as well has thoroughly examined my computer for any issues.

I also had a temporary relapse into sickness yesterday, so I'm continuing to take medication and vitamin boosts. I feel okay today aside from potential womanly problems hopping in for a visit. The headaches and dizziness I've been getting really zap my energy and concentration, though.

On a lighter note, I nearly had myself knocked out / stabbed yesterday. I know that doesn't sound funny, but trust me it was. My husband was working on his sister's car and had come inside to get some tools. While he was digging around in the foyer storage closet, I walked up behind him and proceeded to quietly and patiently wait for him to finish so I could give him a hug. When he turned around and saw me standing there he immediately panicked, made a crazy "Hnnnng!" kind of noise like something gave him the willies, and barely stopped himself from assaulting me with a screwdriver. He said his first impulse was to attack because his brain registered me as one of those creepy Japanese ghost women with the way I was standing there. Of course he realized it was his wife fast enough to stop any damage, and we ended up just laughing about it. I laughed so hard my sides hurt.

That's what he gets for all those times he's stood behind me like a ninja without saying a word just waiting for me to turn around and scream. I swear I thought he realized I was there, though. :XD:

We also got snow flurries last night. None of it stuck to the ground, but it was pretty watching it fall in the evening lamp lights. :)

That's about all with me at the moment. I hope you're all doing great. :)

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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A Little Self Reflection + Moving Forward

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 6, 2014, 11:42 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hello my darlings,

I've decided that since Adobe is being such a pain that I will be trying to focus on producing work solely in SAI for the time being. I've been using SAI for a while, but I'm still not 100% familiar with the program. I've got a bunch of good resources on hand, and since last night I've been reviewing and more thoroughly familiarizing myself with the program. I feel good about it, so I can start churning artwork again. I don't like not having anything new in my gallery. LOL

What I'd like to have done is my entire Art Owed list cleared out before the end of March. Then I'll have two months to work on new commissions and breathe a little before I start churning out new comic pages for Grimoire Rose in June. This is how things would end up if they all run perfectly. Of course, I realize my plans notoriously get monkey-wrenched, so I'll just be doing the best I can with what I have and with my ideal situation in mind.

In other news, I'm finally getting a proper music studio! I've had audio equipment donated to me, and I have pretty good music recording programs, too. Right now I just need to set aside some time to experiment with the set-up. The intention is that I'll be doing some song covers and posting them on my currently empty youtube channel.

I know a lot of you guys don't know it, but yes I sing. A little background info on me for those who are new:

I used to perform a lot when I was younger in choirs and competitions. I've been scouted a few times as well, but mostly when I was younger and still performing publicly. My parents never would let it go any further than that, though because they didn't want me to be involved in secular activities. My parents are extremely conservative Christians. I'm personally more liberal, but that's a different discussion to be had. All through school I was always in advanced / honors choir. I participated in the All-County and All-State choirs, too, and the summer before my senior year of High School I was selected to be a part of the choir in the Governor's School program. I actually met my now husband at the program. He was a part of the orchestra playing the bassoon. He can also play the tenor saxophone and just about any instrument he decides to put time into. He is a truly talented individual.

I also took a couple years of piano after my parents realized I could play by ear. Basically, I can hear music and figure out how to play it without seeing the music sheet. I can also sing and play at the same time which requires decent coordination ability. In fact, my first piano recital is how I got a free piano. The man simply required that I perform him a song and it would be mine. I still have that old upright, but it's a bit out of tune now and very old. LOL

My senior year of high school they built a new Creative Arts building with a 4 million dollar theatrical stage. To celebrate our music and drama teacher purchased the rights for us to be able to perform Broadway's The Wizard of Oz. I scored the role of Dorothy, and it was like a dream for me to perform on stage in this role. We did several performances publicly, and we also did a private performance for the elementary students which was incredibly heart warming, and I would do it again just for the kids. Funny enough, I twisted my ankle on the second performance, but I was stubborn and went through with all the performances anyway. Thankfully my doctor was in the audience at the time, so he came back stage after the accident and fixed me up. I think the only thing that saved me was the guy playing the Scarecrow tightened his grip on me when I fell through a weakened board on the yellow brick road. We kept going like nothing happened. The show must go on! It was an exciting year for me.

I graduated in 2003 and went straight to Music School at East Carolina University. I was a Performance Major. I was even given a solo my freshman year, which apparently was uncommon or so I was told. Unfortunately, my sickness put everything to a halt. I ended up caving under the sickness and had to take a medical withdrawal from college before my sophomore year. This sent me into a spiral of bad mistakes and life choices. I even reached a point of being suicidal. I call it a sickness because that's what it is, but I had been diagnosed with severe clinical depression at the age of 17. It's common for teenagers to be depressed, but I do not wish for anyone to go through the battle that I fought. There were things going on my life that were not good despite all the visible good on the surface. Underneath the limelight and in the shadows I dealt with the darkness of abuse and had myself put into situations that no one at my age should have ever been put through. It happened, and I can't change it. I thank God every day for the man I married because if it wasn't for him I guarantee to you that I would NOT be alive right now.

I went through years of therapy and was bounced from one doctor to the next. It wasn't until around 2006-2007 that I started truly recovering. Though I had been diagnosed at 17 years of age, the problems I had were deep seeded from infancy. You can't expect someone who has experienced 20 years of abuse (mostly mental, but there was a little physical as well) to suddenly be okay with a couple therapy sessions. I turn 30 this year, and I still have moments of relapse. I was a freak. I wasn't normal. I was stupid. I was an animal. I was an outcast. I've been shoved off a piano by a grown man. I've been grabbed by the hair of my head and thrown to the ground because I didn't respond the way I was expected to. I've been physically beaten by peers for being different. I've been accused of wrong doings that I didn't do. I've been made responsible for my parents' careers. If I made even the most minor of a mistake I was held accountable to a degree I never should have been.

It didn't matter that was I was #9 in my class academically. It didn't matter that I always tried my hardest, and did my best in everything that I was put to. It didn't matter that I only ever did my best to treat people with respect, love, and kindness. It didn't matter that I just wanted to be myself and like the things that I wanted to like. I didn't (and still don't) want to be anyone but myself.

This is barely scratching the surface, and I know I'm not alone, but it doesn't make it okay.

I was unable to move forward with my life and chase my dreams because of the pain and fear that had been so heavily instilled in me. It didn't help that women in my family are prone to anxiety disorders. In fact, I think every woman immediately related to me is on anxiety medication, and have also experienced some type of mental and/or physical abuse from people we knew and maybe even trusted. It's like we're targeted.

2007 - Starting To Recover A Little
2008 - Patrick proposed to me.
2009 - Patrick and I were married... and life was suddenly becoming brighter

This man is my hero. He has been the most supportive, the most understanding, the most forgiving, and the most loving of anyone I have ever cared for - family included. Next Friday he and I will have been married for Five Years~ :heart:

My schooling has been slow, but I am back in college and trying to get my certificates for Graphic Design. He's paying for all of my education. He got me all of my art programs and just recently the music program I'm so happy about. He's helping me pick out songs to record, and pointing out places I can go to get my voice back in shape since I haven't performed in several years except for singing around the house and occasionally doing a solo at church. When I get the money, I'd like to go back to getting voice and piano lessons. I'm rusty on both. I want to get a new piano or at least a proper piano length keyboard. He's also been practicing his acoustic guitar again so he can play with me while I sing.

I turn 30 this year, and I'm just now finally feeling like my life is getting started and I'm finally moving forward, and letting go of the past. I never want to forget what has happened to me, but I want those experiences to be there so I remember why I can be strong now. I know why I am finally confident. I know that my past doesn't define me, but what I choose to do here and now.

My husband is currently in the process of getting us into a better financial situation, so please keep us in your prayers there. Also, I am EXCITED about being back in music again since it's played such a massive role in my life, and I would feel lost without it. And I'm full of inspiration for future pictures that I want to draw for you. I want so much to fill the world with music and color~ They are my passion, and through them I feel free.

When I finally get recordings and video up on youtube, I'll be letting you guys know. I hope you'll enjoy what is put together. I'm planning on doing a bunch of music covers from movies at the start. So far I have the following planned:

:bulletred: Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Wizard of Oz)
:bulletred: Let It Go (Frozen)
:bulletred: My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
:bulletred: La Seine (Monster in Paris)
:bulletred: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (Phantom of the Opera)
:bulletred: I See The Light (Tangled) - with a special guest singing Flynn's lines
:bulletred: Reflection (Mulan)
:bulletred: Somewhere Out There (An American Tail)
:bulletred: Flying Dreams (The Secret of NIMH)
:bulletred: Beauty and the Beast

If you'd like to make suggestions, please let me know! I would love to perform some things you'd enjoy hearing. :)

As for Art, I'm bound and determined to get those two commissions I owe finished before the end of day on Sunday. So keep your eyes peeled for more art!

And thank you if you read all my self reflecting rambling. That became much longer than intended, but I guess it's been on my mind and wanted it off my chest. You guys are awesome!

Stay Classy~!
Venus




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Art On Hold + Been Sick + Photoshop is Broken

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 5, 2014, 9:12 AM
Commissions: CLOSED l Art Schedule l HELP ME IMPROVE!

Personal Update


Hey guys,

How are you? We survived Winter Storm Leon over here in my next of the woods. The snow stayed around for several days, too, and has just recently gone away except for in a few spots where it's all piled up. One of the maintenance guys for our apartments mentioned that there is supposed to be more snow this Monday, though. I'm a little doubtful and will wait until I see it. :XD: It doesn't snow a great deal around here, but we are scheduled for lots of precipitation this coming week.

I'm still having trouble with my Adobe programs, so no art will be posted for a while until I get that fixed. I'm doing as much as I can in Paint Tool SAI, but I can't make the adjustments in it that I want to make before posting. Those I always do in Photoshop. It seems the issue I'm having is extremely common, but no resolution has been found as of yet. My husband works with computers and programs for a living, but he's going to be contacting Adobe again sometime today. He's done as much as he can without them at this point. The few times he's talked to them they've been rather useless, but he's hoping he can get a hold of the actual technical side this go around instead of getting run around the bush by a basic CSR.

In the mean time as I've already mentioned, I'll be doing as much as I can in SAI and getting pencil sketches prepped to go in for digital work for when Adobe is back up and running for me.

At the moment I'm focusing on wiping out my To Do List, but once it is cleared out I'll be opening commissions back up again. Hopefully this will be sooner than later, but I don't want to start on anything new until this list is done. I'm tired of it haunting me. I'm also tired of things continuously getting in my way of completing work.

If something isn't broke, I'm sick and bed ridden. If I'm not sick, I'm dealing with family issues. It's an endless circle. I've been sick again (not right now, I've recovered), but I caught a nasty flu that was running around here last week. It knocked me out cold. I was so medicated trying to recover I could hardly see straight. I ended up sleeping through most of it. I'm fine now, though. Completely recovered. :nod:

And that's pretty much all that is going on with me right now. How are you?




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